This is major. Mayor Pete Buttigieg just surpassed the donor goal needed to qualify for participation in the first Democratic primary debate in June.
The Democratic National Committee requires that a candidate receive a minimum of 65,000 individual donors before being invited to the debate stage.
Well, this past weekend, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana met the criteria and then some.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Pete for America Exploratory Committee said, “We are building a community that believes in this bold vision for the future, and there are tens of thousands of people (75,025 to be exact) around the country who invested because they believe a midwestern, millennial, war veteran, mayoral voice should be part of the conversation.”
Meanwhile, Buttigieg tweeted about hitting the milestone on Saturday:
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) March 16, 2019
Following CNN’s Town Hall, Buttigieg had the largest fundraising day of his potential 2020 campaign, raking in over $600,000 in just 24 hours.
Note: As some have mentioned, Fred Karger ran for President in 2012 as a Republican, but did not appear in any debates. Buttigieg will be the first in either parties debates.